Behind 100 Court Square—Was Ronald Rawlings’s Tin Shop beginning around 1930. The Methodist Church’s first building was about one block off the square in this direction before they built a wood-frame building on W. Cross Street, sometime before 1913. The red brick Methodist Church building on Cross St. was constructed in 1923, after the previous structure burned in 1921. The 1923 building was designed by famed Arkansas architect Charles L. Thompson. The Methodist congregation constructed a new church building and moved out to Hwy. 165 in 2000.
Rather than being formed by intersecting streets, DeWitt’s court square was designed as a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered corner entrances. The town was platted in such a way that people wouldn’t just pass through the downtown and keep going—the courthouse and square would be your final des- tination. This is an extremely rare layout for a court square—I’ve never seen another town like it.